December 8, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
It has taken Kyle Walters just over one month to make the move GM Joe Mack was unwilling to make and Buck Pierce is no longer a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Walters swung a trade Sunday sending the veteran QB to the B.C. Lions in exchange for non-import receiver Akeem Foster.
Pierce returns to the Lions where just four years ago he was cut adrift by GM Wally Buono, who deemed the oft-injured Pierce to be too unreliable.
"Buck has been a true warrior and a consummate professional during his time Winnipeg and we sincerely thank him for his four years of service to our organization," said acting general manager Kyle Walters.
"In Akeem, we are getting a veteran Canadian receiver who, at age 26, is still entering the prime of his career. His presence immediately helps upgrade our non-import talent on our roster."
Born in Ajax, Ont., Foster is a big target at 6-4 and 212 pounds. Selected by the Lions in the fourth round (24th overall) of the 2010 CFL, Foster has recorded 61 receptions for 949 yards and nine touchdowns in 43 starts. Foster won a Grey Cup championship with the Lions in 2011, catching one pass for 12 yards.
Pierce signed with the Blue Bombers in April of 2010 and made 31 starts during four seasons, completing 486 passes for 6,320 yards and 25 touchdowns against 31 interceptions. The highlight of his time in Winnipeg was guiding the Bombers to the 2011 Grey Cup, where they lost to the Lions.
We are heading into a critical part of our schedule and we need to improve significantly as a football team," said VP of football operations and GM Wally Buono.
"Buck is a proven veteran quarterback, an accomplished starter and a leader who has taken his teams into the playoffs and to a championship game. He will also give us a needed veteran presence in support of Travis Lulay."